Stonework Repair Project

At 105 years old, Holy Cross Church was in need of significant repair work. Water was penetrating the stonework and damaging the structure, outside and in. Without repair, the building was at serious risk of crumbling away.

Restoration included extensive repair of the coping stones on all gable walls, new lead and zinc flashing, and repointing external and internal walls, with scaffolding required throughout.

Read the final report of the project [PDF].

Thanks to our funders

The cost of the restoration was estimated at approximately £100,000.

We are blessed with fabulous Holy Cross members and friends who worked hard to raise these funds, from applying for grants to making personal donations. One congregation member raised over £900 through the sales of her book of poetry!

We are delighted that our applications for support were accepted by the following organisations. Their generous grants paid for the stonework repairs described by professionals as ‘essential’ and ‘advisable’:

FCC was our largest funder; it is a not-for-profit business ‘that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Thanks to the professionals involved: Jonathan Gotelee Architect LtdG Brown Stonemason LtdMorham + Brotchie Partnership Quantity Surveyors.

As well as the essential work, we were able to take action to preserve the future condition of the building, including the treasured stained glass windows, thanks to your help:

Thank you!

Holy Cross has been at the heart of Davidson’s Mains for over a century. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people enjoy seeing the church and grounds every day as they pass by on their way to work, school or the shops. It’s a picturesque haven of tranquility, and the backdrop to daily life in busy Quality Street. It’s the venue for occasional concerts, the place where many have been baptised or married, and the home of packed family Christingle services.

Thanks to your contributions the future of this treasured landmark is protected. No matter how small, your support has been very much appreciated – whether you simply spread the word about our appeal using the hashtag #SaveOurStonework, raised funds or made a donation via our  Virgin Money Giving page.

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